Science, technology and innovation policy




This page provides relevant information on OECD work on scientometrics and bibliometrics. Scientometrics has been defined as the “quantitative study of science, communication in science, and science policy” (Hess, 1997). This field has evolved over time from the study of indices for improving information retrieval from peer-reviewed scientific publications (commonly described as the “bibliometric” analysis of science) to cover other types of documents and information sources relating to science and technology. These sources can include data sets, web pages and social media. Scientometric indicators complement and contribute to OECD efforts to standardise, collect, report and analyse a wide range of science, technology and innovation activities by providing evidence on a selected set of Science and Technology (S&T) outcomes.




Recent uses of bibliometric indicators

The OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2017 presents the following bibliometric indicators:

Related work

  • Appelt, S., F. Galindo-Rueda, R. de Pinho and B. van Beuzekom, “Which factors influence the international mobility of research scientists?”, OECD Science, Technology and Industry Working Papers, No.  2015/02, OECD Publishing, Paris,

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